Virginia Spring Cleaners 2021

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Spring of 2021 Thon

You know it's Spring in Virginia when the daffodils, dogwoods, and redbuds are in bloom.

Welcome to the 2021 "Spring Clean-a-Thon"!

Clean-a-Thon Information

2021 banner

I hope you're getting excited already for the 2021 Clean-a-Thon! This will be the fifth ever Clean-a-Thon and we are hoping to do an awesome job again of improving profiles by cleaning them up. This year's Clean-a-Thon runs from April 23rd to April 26th. Keep that weekend free for a weekend full of cleaning fun!

Take a look at the Clean-a-Thon help if you are new at this to see more about registering, teams, participating, tracking and badges.

Virginia Spring Cleaners

Welcome to the 2021 Clean-a-Thon!
The Leaders for the 2021 Virginia Cleaners are:
We're your head cheerleaders, but I encourage everyone to play cheerleader to fellow members of Team Virginia! You can chat and cheer in our Google Chat Group.
The purpose of the Clean-a-Thon is to clear Suggestions from as many profiles as possible. Our wonderful Data Doctors team does this throughout the year but the big push in the spring is such a fun and rewarding challenge!
Team Virginia Rocks
Total Team Members 23
Active Team Members 23
Team Virginia Profiles Cleaned 16,737
WikiTree Profiles Cleaned 233,558
Last update Monday 8am EDT
Warning: I tend to forget to update the time on this one (wink)
but the totals get updated when the Team Stats do

Join our Team

Whether you are new to the team or a returning Virginia challenge veteran - you are welcome! We like to cheer each other on and make a good stand for those Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky profiles. No worries though, if you have ancestors in other areas you are free to work on those too. Let's make this another fun challenge! .

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Sign up for the 2021 Clean-a-Thon now!! (Closed)

Members Registered

  1. Mindy Silva Captain   registration post
  2. Rosetta Linkregistration post
  3. William Fosterregistration post
  4. Anne Guglikregistration post
  5. Sandy Patak Captain   registration post
  6. Nancy Thomasregistration post
  7. Deena Crossregistration post
  8. Liz Shifflettregistration post
  9. Cheryl Hessregistration post
  10. Amanda Torreyregistration post
  11. Bill Vincentregistration post
  12. Donna Randregistration post
  13. Melissa Gebhardtregistration post
  14. Gurney Thompsonregistration post
  15. Ellen Stegerregistration post
  16. Karen Stewartregistration post
  17. Mike Patakregistration post
  18. Pam Daleregistration post
  19. Sherrie Mitchellregistration post
  20. Robin Bakerregistration post
  21. Mary Hatcherregistration post
  22. Chris Bradyregistration post
  23. Karen Woodregistration post

Team Virginia Information

Other "Team Virginia" pages:

Want a sticker for your profile?

{{Clean-a-Thon|team=Team Virginia|year=2021}} produces this:
... ... ... participated with Team Virginia during the 2021 Clean-a-Thon.

{{Clean-a-Thon|team=Team Virginia|extra=correcting '''99''' suggestions.We cleaned '''11,253''' suggestions & finished in '''3rd place!'''|year=2021!}} produces this:
... ... ... participated with Team Virginia during the 2021! Clean-a-Thon.correcting 99 suggestions.We cleaned 11,253 suggestions & finished in 3rd place!

Plan of Action

Work on database suggestions for

  1. Click one of the links above (Virginia, West Virginia, or Kentucky) and pick a Suggestion you want to work on. If you aren't familiar with a Suggestion you need to work on you can ask me or the others during the Thon.
  2. Address the suggestion (i.e., fix the date error)
  3. Update the status
Additional actions (optional - slows you down a bit, but will help improve WikiTree profiles)
  1. If the profile has insufficient or no sources, add {{Unsourced|<Location>}}, e.g., {{Unsourced|Virginia}} - you can add up to two locations with that template, for example {{Unsourced|England|Virginia}} for a person born in England who died in Virginia.
  2. If a county is mentioned in the profile, add the county category. For example:
  • [[Category:Stafford County, Virginia]]
The main category pages for Category:Virginia, Category:West Virginia, and Category:Kentucky list current county categories.
  • In the Errors (Suggestions) list: Be sure to use the Status button:
    • Before checking the profile, check the status to see if the error has already been corrected.
    • After correcting the error (or posting a comment if you cannot edit the profile), update the status so that others coming across the error will know.
  • On a profile: Always include the error number in the explanation for your change(s): e.g., "corrected database error 603 - and added county category".


To talk to "just us", post a comment to this page or, when we're closer to the event, we'll have a G2G post where we can chat. You can post separately to G2G for a wider audience: tag your question with virginia and db_errors at least. For questions about the Clean-a-Thon, use the tag clean-a-thon.

How Does this Work?

Try the tutorial: Spring_Clean-a-Thon_Tutorial
Check your own tree: On your profile page, under your WikiTree ID (at the upper right, in the mini-menu), the dropdown menu has "Suggestions" - click on that and see if there's anything that shows up you could practice on.
Check on profiles you manage: Go to & put your WikiTree ID in the "Managed by" field.

Database Errors

In 2017 we focused on "USA too early..." but a lot of those have now been cleaned. You should be able to replace the number in the URL to find the space page for any dbe. You can work on one specific error if you would like, instead of a state or region. The following still have plenty of Suggestions.

DBE 205: Father is too young or not born db_error_205
DBE 603: USA too early in birth location db_error_603
DBE 612: Location too early in death location db_error_612
DBE 803: Almost empty profile db_error_803
DBE 811: Uncleaned profile after merge db_error_811
DBE 831: Multiple duplicated lines db_error_831

All Errors

For a table with all errors, everywhere, click the link in the big green box at the top of this page -
All Errors - Virginia
All Errors - West Virginia
All Errors - Kentucky

Don't forget to use the Status button!

2020 Clean-a-thon Team Virginia Members

If you want a nickname, or want yours changed - let me know! We're here to have fun
List Number Photo Name Nickname See your contributions Total Suggestions Fixed
1 Mindy SilvaGedcom GrannySee your work2,013
2 Nancy ThomasNicknameSee your work403
3 Rosetta LinkRacing RosettaSee your work2,467
4 Anne GuglikNicknameSee your work128
5 Sandy PatakSuperstar SandySee your work3,003
6 William FosterNicknameSee your work99
7 Deena CrossNicknameSee your work219
8 Cheryl HessCheri BlossomSee your work3,014
9 Amanda TorreyNicknameSee your work89
10 Bill VincentBad Boy BillSee your work2,062
11 Liz ShifflettLightweight LizzieSee your work524
12 Donna RandNicknameSee your work12
13 Melissa Gebhardt NicknameSee your work48
14 Gurney ThompsonGentle GurneySee your work129
15 Ellen StegerElegant ElSee your work144
16 Karen StewartNicknameSee your work524
17 Mike PatakNicknameSee your work3,003
18 Pam DaleNicknameSee your work457
19 Sherrie Mitchell NicknameSee your work399
20 Robin BakerNicknameSee your work6
21 Mary HatcherMerry MarySee your work43
22 Chris Brady NicknameSee your work225
23 Karen WoodNicknameSee your work29

Note: These totals are updated manually by me - once an hour as I can (if I'm awake). They are not automatically updated, see the Tracking Page if you want your current total. Thank you for your patience! And Rock On Team Virginia!!!
Last updated: Monday 8am EDT
(If the main tracker isn't updating: As long as you are selecting those statuses they will count and will show up when Aleš restarts the main tracker.)

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Hello team mates! If you haven't signed up for the Connect-a-Thon at the end of July, hop out to the post in the G2G and sign up!

Mindy & Sandy

posted by Mindy Silva
It was a lot of fun! Thanks Mindy & Sandy for keeping us motivated. Congratulations everyone!

Go Team Virginia!!

Cheers, Liz

P.S. Just realized my e-mail replies to Mindy's Clean-a-Thon Wrap-up post didn't go through - thought the first was lost in a computer crash, this was my second. Sorry if it duplicates what you're already seen!

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
I agree with Nancy and Sandy - lots of profiles that I labeled unsourced and I cleaned out a lot of GedCom junk. Had the best time working with everyone. Team Virginia may be smaller group, but what a great team to work with. Thanks to our awesome team leaders.
posted by Cheryl (Smith) Hess
Good job, team, and kudos to our team leaders. Another year down and another fifth place finish. I've said it before, but Team Virginia is the very best in my scorebook.
posted by Bill Vincent Ph.D.
edited by Bill Vincent Ph.D.
Mighty Oaks

All the Mighty Oaks thank you for your fantastic work in the Clean-a-Thon. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

I have encountered many, many unsourced profiles. Think I have labeled almost 100 with Unsourced. Next we will have to have a source-a-thon to clear some of these!
posted by Nancy Thomas
I second that! Actually, I am a bit shocked and sadden at how many new (within a year) Profiles there are that are unsourced.
posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
Team Italy needs a snazzier page. Sigh....

Good luck, team Virginia from your friendly neighborhood Wikitreers in Team Italy!

posted by Chris Ferraiolo
edited by Chris Ferraiolo
Have a happy CAT 2021! Greetings from team Nordic Noir!